If you live in Birmingham, you know all of the wonderful attractions throughout the city. After all, we don’t call it “The Magic City” for nothing! However, if you are like me, you’re a new resident trying to adjust to B-Ham life while taking advantage of everything it has to offer.
Having been a tourist in Birmingham for the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the must-see spots around town and have developed some favorites along the way. If you’re new to Birmingham and looking for ways to dive into all things local, these five activities are great places to start!
1. Walk around Railroad Park
Before moving to Birmingham, I made sure to visit Railroad Park every time I came to town. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic in the grass, go for a run or toss the frisbee around with friends. Railroad Park also hosts some super fun events such as Symphony in the Summer, a free concert series presented by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and weekly workout classes. Bonus: the park is located in the middle of downtown Birmingham, so you have a view of the city while enjoying your day – or night - in the park!
2. Visit Vulcan
You cannot drive around Birmingham without seeing Vulcan’s towering presence. As the city’s symbol to its rich history in the iron and steel industry, Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world! There is a fee to get into the park, but the view of the city from the top of Vulcan is well worth it. In addition to the statue itself, there’s also a museum inside the park where you can learn about Birmingham’s rich history. Bonus: the view from Vulcan is even more breathtaking if you visit at night to see all of the city lights!
3. Tour the Botanical Gardens
Looking for something to do outside on a gorgeous day? Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! These gardens are a great place to see some natural beauty in Birmingham and they even have special events such as free outdoor movie screenings and an annual Earth Day celebration. Bonus: admission is always free so you can enjoy the gardens as much as your heart desires!
4. Visit the Pepper Place Farmers Market
What better way to spend your Saturday morning than enjoying all the local goods Birmingham has to offer? At Pepper Place Farmers Market, you can find local-grown and made products from all over the state and try some delicious foods! The market is open Saturday mornings from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM so you have plenty of time to visit all of the vendors. Bonus: Pepper Place is open from April 13th to December 14th (including holiday weekends) so you can enjoy the market almost year-round!
5. Attend a Birmingham Barons game
There’s something about the atmosphere of a baseball game that brings people together. The Barons are Birmingham’s minor league baseball team and attending one of their games (or more!) is sure to make you feel like a real Birminghamian. Whether you’re going with friends or having a date night, Barons games are a great way to relax and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun! Bonus: Thursday night home games for the Barons are always “Thirsty Thursday,” which means $2 drinks!